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The London American Label Year by Year: 1958

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The London American label in a way helped rock music get a foothold in the U.K., as it licensed many U.S. rock & roll records for the British market from a wide variety of independent labels. This is a compilation of 28 of them, and perhaps one more bound to impress those with a sentimental attachment to the label than cold-hearted reviewers untouched by the imprint's significance. There's a fair amount of good music here, and it certainly does present a wide if not all-encompassing snapshot of rock & roll in the year 1958. Here's the problem as a collector, however: you're likely to have the classic stuff (or be able to pick it up in a better context) ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The London American label in a way helped rock music get a foothold in the U.K., as it licensed many U.S. rock & roll records for the British market from a wide variety of independent labels. This is a compilation of 28 of them, and perhaps one more bound to impress those with a sentimental attachment to the label than cold-hearted reviewers untouched by the imprint's significance. There's a fair amount of good music here, and it certainly does present a wide if not all-encompassing snapshot of rock & roll in the year 1958. Here's the problem as a collector, however: you're likely to have the classic stuff (or be able to pick it up in a better context) elsewhere. The rarities -- and there are quite a few of them, with ten of these songs failing to make even the Top 100 -- are usually simply not that great (and often a good deal less than that). The Coasters' "The Shadow Knows" and Carl Perkins' "Lend Me Your Comb" are notable exceptions in that regard, though they aren't hard to find on compilations of those artists' best material. You just want to know what the classics are? Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" leads the pack, trailed closely by Chuck Willis' "Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes," Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Rock and Roll," Little Richard's "Ooh My Soul," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Break-Up," Duane Eddy's "Cannonball," Jimmy Clanton's "Just a Dream," and Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." You want interesting rarities and oddities? There aren't so many of those, but Ganim's Asia Minors are certainly a weird novelty outfit that tries (not very successfully) to combine Turkish music with rock & roll; the Mills Brothers offer an unlikely cover of the Silhouettes' doo wop classic "Get a Job," which is markedly inferior to the original (though it almost made the U.S. Top 20); future soul stars Garnet Mimms and Howard Tate were both in the Gainors, though their "The Secret" isn't very memorable; and Billy Ward offers an unlikely cover of Jan & Arnie's proto-garage rocker "Jennie Lee," again in a rendition unlikely to displace memories of the original. Jimmy Starr's take on Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe" also falls into that category, though its inclusion seems pointless considering it's not the original, not that good, and didn't make the charts. The liner notes, however, offer Ace's usual diligently researched cornucopia of interesting little-known facts and illustrations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2011
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667046220
  • Catalog Number: 6704622
  • Sales rank: 204,254

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cannonball - Duane Eddy, His "Twangy" Guitar & The Rebels (1:56)
  2. 2 Get a Job - The Mills Brothers (2:33)
  3. 3 Just a Dream - Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets (2:33)
  4. 4 Break-Up - Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano (2:40)
  5. 5 A Wonderful Time Up There - Pat Boone (2:10)
  6. 6 Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes - Chuck Willis (2:21)
  7. 7 Lend Me Your Comb - Carl Perkins (1:58)
  8. 8 Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran (2:01)
  9. 9 Sweet Little Rock and Roll - Chuck Berry (2:22)
  10. 10 Margaret - The Royal Holidays (2:07)
  11. 11 Big Guitar - Frank De Rosa & His Orchestra (2:19)
  12. 12 It's Only Make Believe - Jimmy Starr (2:16)
  13. 13 Wait a Minute - Jo-Ann Campbell (2:38)
  14. 14 Daddy Lolo - Ganim's Asia Minors (2:04)
  15. 15 The Shadow Knows - The Coasters (2:09)
  16. 16 Ooh' My Soul - Little Richard (1:54)
  17. 17 The Freeze - Tony & Joe (2:19)
  18. 18 Come What May - Clyde McPhatter (1:45)
  19. 19 The Secret - The Gainors (2:10)
  20. 20 Tootsie - Carl McVoy (2:30)
  21. 21 Splish Splash - Bobby Darin (2:14)
  22. 22 The Greasy Spoon - Billy & Lillie (2:24)
  23. 23 Geraldine - The Chantones (2:05)
  24. 24 The Day the Rains Came - Jane Morgan (3:01)
  25. 25 Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two (1:51)
  26. 26 Moonlight Bay - The Drifters (2:09)
  27. 27 Jennie Lee - Billy Ward & the Dominoes (2:04)
  28. 28 The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks (2:21)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Charlie Rich Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Duane Eddy Composer
Jack Scott Composer
Chuck Willis Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Jimmy Clanton Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Ross Bagdasarian Composer
Jan Berry Composer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Quinton Claunch Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Pierre Delanoé Composer
Charles "Chick" Ganimian Composer
Jack Nance Composer
Irving Roth Composer
Joe Saraceno Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Frank Slay Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Earl Beal Composer
Raymond Edwards Composer
Arnie Ginsburg Composer
William Horton Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Tony Savonne Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Joe Lubin Composer
Edward Madden Composer
Franklin Tableporter Composer
Percy Wenrich Composer
Vernon Williams Composer
Jean Murray Composer
Jo-Ann Campbell Composer
Ben Wiseman Composer
Kathleen Twomey Composer
Richard Lewis Composer
Lee Roy Abernathy Composer
John Broven Liner Notes
Larry Coleman Composer
William Cantrell Composer
Frank De Rosa Composer
Robert Genovese Composer
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